We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves

dragon

Even outlaws perform services

“Well, you may get off on being a beautiful stereotype, regardless of the social consequences, but my conscience won’t allow it. And I goddam refuse to be dragon bait. I’m as capable of rescuing you as you are of rescuing me.”

“I’m an outlaw, not a hero. I never intended to rescue you. We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves. Even outlaws perform services, however, and I brought my dynamite to Maui to remind the Care Fest that good can be as banal as evil. As for you, well… did you really expect me to keep my senses after taking a look at your hair?”

Leigh-Cheri held a strand of hair to her eyes…

by Tom Robbins (born July 22, 1936)
from Still life with Woodpecker (1980)
image – FredR

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6 Responses to “We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves”

  1. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    This is soooo funny, in the light of our St George and the dragon emails. And profound too. “We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.” Certainly we do, especially if we are inclined to rescue our friends from perceived dragons. They are quite capable of rescuing themselves. One could almost coin a new mantra: Each to his own (dragon). Thanks for giving me food for thought.

    AND

    Do you know that when I first glimpsed the image above, I thought it was a cat burglar. The caption (“Even outlaws perform services”) compounded that notion. He does look as though he is clambering up a wall, towards a turret window.

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    It’s hard to tell if he’s a guardian or a cat burglar. We might have to ask the dragon bait.

  3. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    …if you look at the dragon back to front, so he is moving skyward, horn leading the way. It’s multi-dimensional ! Especially first thing in the morning! Before a cuppa coffee!

  4. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    Haha, it is hard to tell. Main thing is the bait should decide, not St George!
    Excuse me while I down my sedative ;))

  5. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    oops, it’s gone to work already, that was meant to be two eyes and a smile!

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